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Gunman hoax terrifies campus, fools eager media

Posted By admin On January 24, 2013 @ 6:45 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Robby Soave
Daily Caller [1]
Jan 24, 2013

A college student sent the small community of Wise, Virginia into a panic Wednesday night by falsely reporting the existence of an active gunman on campus.

The hoax, which affected the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, was then misreported by multiple national news outlets, including CNN and Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

The student called 911 shortly after 9 p.m. to alert authorities to the presence of a gunman on campus, prompting police to initiate a search for the suspect. The university’s website was temporarily replaced [2] with a message to students: “The college is currently in a lockdown due to an alleged gunman on campus. Find a safe place and stay put! Lock all doors until further notice!”

Word of the gunman spread quickly via Twitter. Several terrified students tweeted [3] that they had turned out their lights and fled to other buildings. Some asked for prayers.

Full article here [1]


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[1] Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/24/gunman-hoax-terrifies-campus-fools-eager-media/

[2] temporarily replaced: http://www.wise.virginia.edu/

[3] tweeted: http://wtvr.com/2013/01/23/alleged-gunman-at-university-of-va-wise-campus/

[4] Cincinatti Student dies after being tasered by university campus officer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cincinatti-student-dies-after-being-tasered-by-university-campus-officer.html

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[6] Gunman Reported at Virginia Tech: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gunman-reported-at-virginia-tech.html

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